2014 Community Service & Action Start the Fire Leader Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Start the Fire Leader for 2014. Please take the time to read through the application prior to submission. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at serve@luc.edu. Applications are due February 17.

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Our Mission:
Community Service and Action (CSA) seeks to serve the diverse Loyola and local communities by fostering mutually beneficial partnerships designed to support neighbors in need. We aim to build the greater good by using our gifts and talents to create the change we seek.

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Start the Fire:
Start the Fire is a group of experiences for incoming first-year Loyola students held the week before classes begin. As part of the CSA’s Start the Fire experience, a group of 20 Loyola students will spend 4 days exploring the diversity and social reality of the local community, reflecting upon why service is important, and discovering ways in which they can serve locally. The students will volunteer with several community agencies, tour the neighborhood, sample local restaurant fare and build community. The group will be led by CSA professional staff and three CSA student leaders. For more information, visit www.luc.edu/startthefire.

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Leadership Expectations:
• Commit to serving as a leader from Monday, August 18 – Thursday, August 21, including staying overnight at the retreat facility.
• Co-facilitate and participate in all events during the retreat.
• Attend 2-4 spring training sessions and engage in summer communication about the retreat.
• Demonstrate a commitment to service at Loyola and a familiarity with various service programs in order to direct students to possible options for volunteering.
• Attend Student Leader Training Day on April 6.
• Be familiar with Rogers Park, Edgewater and Loyola University in order to appropriately answer questions and offer guidance.
• Facilitate small group dialogue.
• Manage logistical needs such as moving the group on public transportation, maintaining the retreat schedule and accounting for all participants at all times.
• Assist CSA staff in program evaluation and wrap-up.
• Lead by example, acting as a role model for retreat participants.
• Bring energy, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, team spirit, and care for others!

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Expected Time Commitment:
10-20 hours preparation over spring and summer (includes training sessions and individual work), plus the duration of Start the Fire.

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Leadership Benefits:
• Leaders will receive training from CSA staff on group management, reflection, group dialogue and other elements of the retreat.
• Leaders will be provided meals, housing (if necessary), and a CTA pass during the retreat.
• Leaders will be compensated $150.

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